Debregeasia ceylanica Hook.f.
Debregeasia leucophylla Wedd.
Missiessya wallichiana Wedd.
Morocarpus ceylanicus (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Morocarpus wallichianus (Wedd.) Blume
Debregeasia wallichiana is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6 metres tall with a thin bole about 8cm in diameter[
The plant is gathered from the wild, mainly for its good quality fibre.
Unlike many species in the nettle family (Urticaceae), members of this genus do not have stinging hairs[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, southern China (Yunnan), northern Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia
Subtropical forest slopes of limestone mountains; at elevations around 800 metres in southern China[
]. Found at elevations up to 2,100 metres in the eastern Himalayas[
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Debregeasia wallichiana is native to mainly subtropical regions in southern Asia, though there are reports that it can be found at elevations up to 2,100 metres in the Himalayas. The species is probably not very hardy in the temperate zone, but is probably worth trying in areas with mild winters, where it might be possible to grow it outdoors, especially if it is given the protection of a warm wall.
Prefers a fertile well-drained loam with some shelter at the hottest part of the day[
A handsome plant ; the inflorescence is orange, and the under surface of the large leaves is snow-white[
We have no specific information for this species, but the fruits of most, if not all, members of this genus are edible and are used to make wine[
A fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for making twine and rope[
Seed - sow late winter to mid-summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Softwood cuttings in early summer[